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" Automation not only reduces the total head count but
also the total investment of the training and reliability
of people supporting an FDA-regulated process. "
Eric Hanrahan, Allpax
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Retort
Eric Hanrahan, general manager,
Allpax, Covington, La., said collecting hot and cold water from retort
processes to be used in subsequent
processes is the ROI that keeps giving. In municipalities where water is
expensive, that can equate to a large
cost savings over time.
" The systems to collect process
water have a cost and require a capital investment that may deter some
companies, " Hanrahan said, " but
when you do the ROI calculations
you realize these are typically under
two-year ROIs and from that point
on there is quite a substantial savings for the plant in terms of direct
cost and also in terms of becoming more energy efficient relative to
stress on the environment and the
city municipalities. "
Reclaiming steam used in retort
systems also offers energy savings
and other efficiency gains. It's challenging, however, to recapture the
steam that is vented from the retort
chamber without applying any back
pressure. Fortunately, Allpax developed a workable solution.
" Steam is used to flush through the
retort machine but instead of venting the steam out through the roof,
we can capture it and use that heat
- the recovered BTUs - for other
purposes within the plant, " Hanrahan
explained. " Those uses can be to heat
water for washdown stations or cleanin-place processes. Many plants use
it to preheat the water going to the
boiler which increases the efficiency
of the boiler. "


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